KAmov Helicopters

Kamov Ka-27
(NATO reporting name 'Helix')

Kamov Ka-27 'Helix'


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Kamov Helicopters

The Kamov Ka-27 (NATO reporting name 'Helix') is a military helicopter developed for the Soviet Navy.

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Kamov Ka-27 Helix

he helicopter was developed for ferrying and anti-submarine warfare. Design work began in 1969 and the first prototype flew in 1973. It was intended to replace the decade-old Kamov Ka-25, and is similar in appearance to its predecessor due to the requirements of fitting in the same hangar space. Like other Kamov military helicopters it has coaxial rotors, removing the need for a tail rotor. Ka-32 variants, e.g. the Klimov-powered Ka-32A11BC, have been certified for commercial operations throughout the world, notably in Canada and Europe.

Operational History

A Russian Navy Ka-27 helicopter from the Russian Udaloy-class destroyer Severomorsk conducted interoperability deck landing training on board the US command ship USS Mount Whitney on 22 July 2010.

Ka-32A11BC multipurpose helicopters have been successfully operated in Portugal for over five years. In 2006, KAMOV JSC won the tender for the supply of Ka-32A11BC firefighting helicopters, to replace Aérospatiale SA 330 Pumas, which have very high operating costs.

Over 240 Ka-32 have been built as of 2019 and have been exported to more than 30 countries; South Korea operates some 50 Ka-32s.

Kaman Helicopters


RoleAnti-submarine warfare helicopter
National originSoviet Union / Russia
First flight24 December 1973[1]
StatusIn service
Primary usersSoviet Navy 
Russian Navy
Ukrainian Navy

Developed fromKamov Ka-25
VariantsKamov Ka-31


Civilian operators

Ka-32 A12 of Heliswiss
Kamov Ka-32T of BNPB
  • Vancouver Island Helicopters[27]
  • Akagi Helicopter[33]
  • Everjets – Aviação Executiva, S.A.[34]

Specifications (Kamov KA-27 Helix)

  • General characteristics

    • Crew: one-three, plus two-three specialists (Ka-27)
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    • Capacity: 4,000 kg (8,818 lb) payload (Ka-32), or up to 16 troops (Ka-29).
    • Length: 11.3 m (37 ft 1 in)
    • Height: 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in)
    • Empty weight: 6,500 kg (14,330 lb)
    • Gross weight: 11,000 kg (24,251 lb)
    • Max takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
    • Powerplant: 2 × Isotov TV3-117V turboshaft engines, 1,660 kW (2,230 hp) each
    • Main rotor diameter: 2× 15.8 m (51 ft 10 in)
    • Main rotor area: 392.2 m2 (4,222 sq ft) 3-bladed contra-rotating rotors

Specifications (Kamov Ka-27 Helix)



  • Maximum speed: 270 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 205 km/h (127 mph, 111 kn)
  • Range: 980 km (610 mi, 530 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,000 ft)


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